Baptism is the first and foundation of all the sacraments. We cannot receive the other sacraments until we first receive baptism. Baptism is conferred upon a person (infant, child or adult) by the pouring of water over the head three times with the minister proclaiming, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism does three primary things for us:
Baptism is conferred by a deacon or priest (or anyone, but only in the case of an emergency). Call the rectory to arrange the baptism. In order to have your child baptized, you must first attend a Pre-Baptismal class. Please contact the rectory for further information. Please pay close attention to who is eligible to be a sponsor for baptism listed below.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish values the role that godparents play in the life of your child. As representatives of our faith, they are entrusted with the privilege and responsibility of helping your child to grow in the Catholic Faith. While it is natural to want to ask family and friends to be godparents, it is more important that these individuals be people who love and practice their faith. We ask that you please adhere to the following requirements for Catholic godparents before asking someone to serve in this capacity.
Qualifications/requirements for a Catholic to serve as a godparent
The Diocese of Erie continues the practice of requiring proof of eligibility for godparents from the parish in which the sponsor is registered.
The number of godparents
1. Only one godparent is required for baptism.
2. If, two godparents are chosen one must be male and the other female.
3. The second sponsor may be a Christian Witness (i.e., a non-Catholic Christian may fulfill this role who is actively practicing his or her faith. However, this individual may not be a former Catholic).